Sports  August 31, 2015
Pakistan cricket fixing trio start long road to redemption
Salman Butt, now 30, had captained Pakistan to Test victories over Australia and England and looked set for a long period as the teamFormer Pakistan captain Salman Butt and pace bowler Mohammad Asif can return to cricket this week following five-year spot-fixing bans, but age and public hostility mean the pair face a hard road to redemption.On Wednesday they will join left-arm quick Mohammad Amir, whose own ban was relaxed by the International Cricket Council six months ago, in ...  Full Story
India push ahead in final Sri Lanka Test
IndiaRohit Sharma hit 50 as India gained the upper hand in a grim battle for survival against Sri Lanka in the decisive third and final Test in Colombo.The tourists took their second innings from the overnight score of 21-3 to 132-5 by lunch on the fourth day, an overall lead of 243 runs with five wickets in hand. A possible target of over 300 for Sri L...  Full Story
Van Gaal rules out transfer remedy for Manchester United
Manchester UnitedManchester United manager Louis van Gaal said that he would not jump into the transfer market to solve his side's goal-scoring problems following their 2-1 defeat at Swansea City.Juan Mata gave United the lead in the 48th minute at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday, but after Swansea manager Garry Monk had altered his midfield configuration to a diamon...  Full Story
Dixon pips Montoya to IndyCar crown
Scott Dixon of New Zealand drives during the Verizon IndyCar Series GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma on August 30, 2015, in CaliforniaNew Zealand's Scott Dixon snatched his fourth IndyCar Series Championship with a dramatic victory in the season-ending Grand Prix of Sonoma in California on Sunday as Juan Pablo Montoya's title dreams ended in disappointment.Chip Ganassi Racing driver Dixon pipped Penske rival Montoya to the title on countback after the two rivals finished the seas...  Full Story
Tamulis rallies for first LPGA win
Austin Ernst hits a shot during the third round of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Capitol Hill on August 30, 2015 in Prattville, United StatesKris Tamulis, a 10-year LPGA veteran, rallied from three shots back on Sunday to lift her first tour title at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic.The American fired eight birdies in a seven-under par 65, her 17-under total of 271 giving her a one-stroke victory over former world number one Tseng Ya-ni and third-round leader Austin Ernst."My swing felt r...  Full Story
Day powers to victory in the Barclays
Jason Day of Australia celebrates on the 18th green after his six-stroke victory at The Barclays on August 30, 2015 in Edison, New JerseyJason Day romped to a six-stroke victory in the Barclays on Sunday, firing an eight-under par 62 to seize the lead in the US PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoff chase.The Aussie, who ended a run of major heartbreak with his first Grand Slam title at the PGA Championship this month, backed up that triumph in style.He fired eight birdies without a bogey en ...  Full Story
Murray confident at Open even without Mauresmo
Andy Murray of the United Kingdom hits a ball during a practice session prior to the US Open on August 30, 2015 in New York CityBritish third seed Andy Murray is confident as he prepares to launch his latest US Open campaign on Tuesday despite coach Amelie Mauresmo being absent on maternity leave.The 28-year-old Scotsman took his fourth title of the season earlier this month at Montreal, adding to a trophy haul that included the Bavarian Championship, Madrid Open and Queen'...  Full Story
Sharapova withdraws from US Open with leg injury
RussiaRussian third seed Maria Sharapova withdrew from the US Open on Sunday with a right leg injury, easing the path to a calendar-year Grand Slam for top-ranked Serena Williams.US Open tournament director David Brewer announced Sharapova's exit, which allowed qualifying lucky loser Daria Kasatkina of Russia into the draw in Sharapova's place."Unfortuna...  Full Story